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Wednesday, March 27, 2019

By LORENA GONZALEZ

Nothing is more important to our democracy than electoral participation by our citizenry. People have to vote.

Yet there have always been artificial barriers to voting. Often these barriers are intentionally created to keep groups of folks — women, people of color, poor citizens — from having equal access to the ballot. Some obstacles are in place without much thought to the obstacles, but they leave many people disenfranchised, nonetheless.

How do we get more people to vote? By breaking down all of these possible barriers, including the way citizens register to vote.

Monday, January 14, 2019

SACRAMENTO -- (Monday, Jan. 14, 2019) -- California homeowners now enjoy new rights under a new law championed by Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) that went into effect on Jan. 1, 2019. The intent of the bill, Assembly Bill 1070, is to protect consumers looking to invest in solar power while discouraging unethical practices from the dishonest solar power companies.

"Homeowners will have more confidence when they shop for rooftop solar energy because of this new consumer protection," Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalezsaid, "As more Californians look toward residential solar energy systems to cut their monthly bills and do their part in fighting climate change, we should make sure homeowners are protected from being gouged by unscrupulous actors."

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

SACRAMENTO – As California’s elections become more dependent on mail-ballot voting, State Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher introduced Assembly Bill 216 today to make it easier for voters to cast their ballot through the mail by paying the postage for returned mail ballots in statewide elections.

Since 2012, more than 50 percent of all ballots in the state have been cast through the U.S. mail, with more than 57 percent of the voters who participated in the recent November 2016 election having used a mail ballot to vote. Currently, one or more postage stamps are required by the U.S. Postal Service to have a voter’s ballot delivered to a county elections office to be counted.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

San Diego — Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez is making a second attempt at getting companies to pay double to employees who work on Thanksgiving.

"I believe in creating a society that works for all workers. I believe that employees should have the right to stay home with their families in a family holiday," Gonzalez, D-San Diego, said during a teleconference on Wednesday.